The State’s consumer watchdog has successfully prosecuted a plumber for carrying out work without the appropriate licence.
73 year old Stavros Giorginis was charged with one count of carrying on business as a plumbing contractor without a licence.
He entered into a contract with the victim to carry out kitchen and bathroom renovations for about $31,000.
She paid a deposit of $11,000 for materials, but Consumer and Business Services (CBS) was contacted because of concerns about the defendant’s competency, and questions about whether he was properly licensed.
In the Adelaide Magistrates Court this week, he pleaded guilty, but Commissioner for Consumer Affairs Dini Soulio said it was not the first time Giorginis has been in trouble with Consumer and Business Services.
“Stavros Giorginis has never held a plumbing contractor’s licence,” Mr Soulio said.
“He has previously held a plumbing worker registration with the condition to work only under direct supervision of a plumbing worker, however in February 2012, his registration was suspended following disciplinary proceedings.
“At the time, he was disciplined in his capacity for working without supervision and in a negligent manner.
“Back then he was fined, and ordered to carry out proper training, and his licence was suspended.
“He never undertook the training, and this latest offending occurred while his supervised plumbing licence was still suspended.
“This week, the Court has imposed an 18 month good behaviour bond, preventing Stavros Giorginis from carrying out any work as a plumber.”
Stavros’ son Spyridon (Spiros) Giorginis was also recently convicted for taking payment for plumbing work and not carrying out the work. He was ordered to pay more than $14,000 in fines and compensation.